So three years ago this summer someone didn't clean a glass properly at his house and gave me cold sores. Since, I've had a bump on my lip that grows and shrinks with the standard cold sore stressors (sun, stress, chocolate, etc.) It almost never blisters. So it's not really noticeable. It's always at least sensitive, and I can see where the spot is if I look closely. The skin never quite returns to its normal color, though it does flatten. [more inside]
Is there a recommended waiting time between a cold sore healing and performing oral sex on someone who may not have HSV-1? Does the answer change if Abreva warded off the cold sore before it actually appeared? [more inside]
How do I tell the difference between a cold sore and a zit? [more inside]
Metafilter has a lot of good advice about cold sore prevention (previously). What I need is advice on what to do in the middle of a full scale outbreak with a cold sore that has developed an impenetrable scab. Past experience leads me to worry that a new sore will form as soon as the scab falls off, a cycle that can go on for well over a month. Am I doing something wrong? Disgusting personal details inside. [more inside]
You Are Not My Doctor, but can you help me identify a rash around my mouth? (Pics inside, as well as description that you might or might not think is gross.) [more inside]
I am a huge hypochondriac, and I have been since I was 18. I need help making it stop. [more inside]
I thought I had mild "papulopustular rosacea." Putting Polysporin on the red bumps helped a lot. Then I took acyclovir for a cold sore and the bumps cleared up completely! None of the online resources on rosacea have indicated acyclovir as a treatment. So what did I have? [more inside]
Has anyone tried Virulite, the anti-cold sore device? Does it work?
How can I keep from transmitting my cold sores to my 10 month old son ? [more inside]
So I have a cold sore coming on, and I have both Zovirax(Acyclovir) and Abreva(Docasonal) can I use both at the same time for a double dose of cold sore nuking ?
What is the lifespan of herpes simplex 1 on a coffee mug? [more inside]
Cold sore coming. What do I do!?